Screw Sun, cross-platform will never work

I just came across a very interesting document from Microsoft which shows their original intentions with Java. It is exhibit 2768 in Comes et al. v. Microsoft.

This exhibit are emails from the Visual J++ product manager Prashant Sridharan, which unfortunately didn't surprise me: "Screw Sun, cross-platform will never work. Let's move on and steal the Java language."

I'd like to point out two things to Mr Sridharan:

  • I guess you were wrong, cross-platform does work, and
  • I would not like to be in your shoes now

I didn't buy Microsoft stuff before, and after seeing this, they'll be making snow men in hell before I do!

Note: they seem to have added user and password requirement on since I wrote the blog entry, but it exists in Google's cache.

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Interesting bio...apparently, he's your colleague. http://www.informit.com/authors/bio.asp?a=70dc6907-4166-4e14-9191-be35e9c23960&rl=1

Posted by Edgar Cayce on February 13, 2007 at 06:59 PM PST #

He moved from Sun to MS: http://www.ilkeratalay.com/articles/vsnet_en.php

Posted by Jean-Louis Liagre on February 13, 2007 at 07:14 PM PST #

Some interesting documents I came across: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2007/02/13/AMP http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2006/11/10/Comparing-Frameworks It's a bit difficult to advocate Java inside organizations when prominent people inside Sun publicly and repeatedly state their lack of faith in their own platform. We live in a world where appearances matter, whether we like it or not.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on February 13, 2007 at 09:12 PM PST #

Thanks, interesting stuff... but it's \*REALLY\* hard to read the black-on-dark-blue comments!

Posted by Tony Heskett on February 13, 2007 at 10:31 PM PST #

The black on blue color combination is almost unreadable. Nonetheless, I'd really like to have a look at the documents, but they seem to be password protected...

Posted by Armin Wallrab on February 13, 2007 at 11:34 PM PST #

I've fixed the background of the comment field now :)

Posted by Martin Englund on February 14, 2007 at 12:16 AM PST #

What's with the password protection on that page?

Posted by guest on February 14, 2007 at 12:20 AM PST #

They must have added password protection to that page just an hour ago. I was able to view it when I wrote the blog entry. Try finding it in Google's cache...

Posted by Martin Englund on February 14, 2007 at 12:24 AM PST #

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